Program information (951) 827-7139  www.extension.ucr.edu/osher Riverside The Decameron: Revisited not Repeated Mon. 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Sep. 17-Oct. 22 We will continue to look at new set of short stories penned by Boccaccio. By writing The Decameron, a series of hilarious and spicy short stories helped by nobles, monks, thieves, parasites, scheming women and lovers--both faithful and unfaithful. In the Decameron (meaning ten days), Boccaccio not only presents the most colorful tableau of the mores of the Italian middleclass of the 14th century, but also expresses vividly what he considers “his love of life.” Despite the worst disasters that took place in Italian history at that time, Boccaccio had the courage to see beauty, humor, goodness, and joy. Mireille Rydell-Savona, Ph.D., is a Professor Emerita of French Language and Literature at California State University, San Bernardino. UCR Osher instructor since 2003. 182-CCS-009 Introduction to Gothic Calligraphy Fri. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sep. 21-Oct. 26 Gothic is the writing style of the middle ages, as seen in the many splendid medieval manuscripts written throughout west Europe from 500 to 1500 ce. It is the ideal starting place to learn calligraphy,  as all letterforms are built on two basic strokes. Instruction includes an introduction to the calligraphy pen, paper, writing posture and the basic strokes. including upper and lower case, punctuation, and numbers. Through demonstration and practice, you will be writing words in Gothic style by the end of the first class. Additional resources will include weekly samples and examples of Gothic calligraphy to practice outside of the classroom, leading up to a final project for presentation on the last day of class. A supply list will be sent upon registration. Risa Gettler is an award-winning, classically trained calligrapher in the U.S. and Europe, and has 20 years of experience teaching lettering, design, and illustration. UCR Osher instructor since 2018. 182-CCS-010 Cinematic Exploration: Life’s Crises and Decisions Mon. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sep. 24-Oct. 22 In the words of Benjamin Disraeli, British diplomat and Prime Minister, “What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expect generally happens.” This class will explore an inevitable aspect of human existence: how we deal with a crisis. We will examine the elements that make up a crisis and using the medium of cinema, lectures, and discussions, gain a better understanding of the many types of crises we encounter in our everyday lives. What are the cultural, social, and economic impact when confronted with crises? How do these challenges, disruptions, and stressors test our beliefs, identity, and integrity? What resources are available to resolve or manage them? True to the spirit of this class, we will look at how people deal with crises in different parts of the world. Elena Romine, Ph.D., Author, is a Russian educator and the author of the book “The Intimate Diary of a Russian Woman.” Dr. Romine is now researching cross-cultural issues. UCR Osher instructor since 2004. 182-CCS-011 Beginning Iyengar Yoga Tues. 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Oct. 2-Nov. 20 Osher members are introduced to the basic principles and practice of Iyengar Yoga through instruction on postures and inversions from the following groups: standing, seated, forward bends, back bends and shoulder stands. Variations and adaptations of postures will be made to meet your individual abilities. Includes discussions about the physical and mental health benefits of each group of postures. Joanne Redoble, B.S., has studied and practiced Iyengar yoga since 1995, and has been an Internationally Certified Instructor since 2009. UCR Osher instructor since 2016. 182-CCS-012 UCR Extension Center  1200 University Ave.  Riverside 4 OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE  |  UCR EXTENSION  |  FALL 2018 SEPTEMBER–OCTOBER